Heidi Zurbriggen

Heidi Zurbriggen ( born March 16, 1967 in Saas -Almagell, married Heidi Zurbriggen Andes mat ) is a former Swiss ski racer. She specializes in the disciplines of downhill and Super -G and won three World Cup races and two silver medals at world championships. My nephew Elijah and her older brother Pirmin are or were also skier.


In the junior age Zurbriggen was one of the largest Swiss hopefuls, even if they initially stood in the shadows of their more successful brother. On 8 December 1984, it won her first World Cup points in twelfth of the super -G in Davos. At the Junior World Championship 1985 in Jasna, she won the gold medal in the combination; in downhill, giant slalom and the slalom was each second. For these achievements, she was awarded by the Swiss Sports Aid Foundation as a junior athlete of the year 1985. Then, however, she contracted a virus and was in 1986 temporarily confined to a wheelchair because of arthritis - similar symptoms.

Zurbriggen reached in the downhill on 12 December 1986 in Val d'Isere, the first race after her comeback, third place and achieved their best result so far. In December 1987, she broke down in training tibia and fibula, and fell throughout the season from. In the 1989 World Ski Championships she missed the bronze medal in the downhill at four hundredths of a second. It was followed by several years with numerous results in the top ten and occasional podiums. In January 1994, Zurbriggen won the Super -G in Altenmarkt, but five days later the FIS Council canceled the race due to irregular weather conditions.

In the World Ski Championships 1996 in Sierra Nevada Zurbriggen won the downhill silver medal behind Isolde Kostner. On March 6, 1996, she succeeded in the departure of Kvitfjell the first of three World Cup victories. Another silver medal she won at the World Ski Championships 1997 in Sestriere, when she was narrowly beaten by Hilary Lindh in the Super -G.

In March 1997, Zurbriggen stepped back from professional sports. She graduated in Aarau three years of training for medical masseuse and opened in 2001, the hotel her brother in Saas -Almagell a practice.


Olympic Winter Games

  • 1992 Albertville: 10 Departure
  • Lillehammer 1994: 22 Departure
  • Nagano 1998: 6 Giant Slalom, Downhill 12, 21, Super -G

World Championships

  • Crans -Montana 1987: 14 Departure
  • Vail 1989: 4th exit 11 Giant Slalom, Super -G 12
  • Saalbach -Hinterglemm 1991: 6 combination
  • Morioka 1993: 9 Super -G, Giant Slalom 21 24 Departure
  • Sierra Nevada 1996: 2 Super -G, Downhill 14, 16 Giant Slalom
  • Sestriere 1997: 2nd exit, 11th Super -G, Giant Slalom 13

World Cup

Heidi Zurbriggen won three World Cup races:

In addition, seven second and third places. 82 times they classified among the top ten.

Other successes

  • Junior World Championship 1985: 1 combination, 2nd exit, 2nd Giant Slalom, Slalom 2
  • 4 Swiss Championship: departure in 1995, Super-G in 1996, Giant Slalom 1992 combination 1992